Weekly Bulletin

November 13, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Parent Council Meeting 

Monday, 11/18

7-9 pm


Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble

Tuesday, 11/19

7:00 pm


Half Day ~ Friday 11/22

Fair Set Up Day


Friday Night Pre-Fair Shopping 

11/ 22 5-8pm



Holiday Fair

Saturday, 11/23



Thanksgiving Break

11/27 Half Day

11/27 Assembly Day

No School 11/28 +11/29


Parent Evenings


Grade 2

Tuesday 11/19 7-9pm



Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday 11/18

Field Trips /
Class Events








Basketball Registration-  REGISTER NOW


Ski Season~   enrollment coming soon!

The Hartsbrook Board of Directors

This year six new members have joined the Board; let us introduce them.  For the other two new members and a  perspective on the roles and responsibilities of our Board, please see the 11/6/13 Bulletin

Thank you,


Tupper Brown

Chairman of The Board

Arthur Zajonc

As one of the founders of the Hartsbrook School in 1981, Arthur Zajonc returns to the Board of Directors with an interest in strengthening the School's guiding spiritual foundations and its relevance to education generally. Arthur was a professor of physics at Amherst College for over 30 years, is author of several books, and is now president of the Mind & Life Institute.  Arthur will bring his vast experience and knowledge to the Long Range Planning committee.

Ruth LeBar

Ruth LeBar started at Hartsbrook as the first kindergarten teacher in the Ben Smith Tavern in 1984, as teacher and Early Childhood Chair through 1991.  Since then, while staying in touch with what was happening at Hartsbrook, she earned her Master of Divinity at Yale and served as a pastor in the United Church of Christ as well as teaching at the Noyes School of Rhythm. Ruth is excited to return to her roots here in support of Waldorf Education and Hartsbrook.  She will be bringing her enthusiasm and skills to the Enrollment committee.

Natalie Adams

A world traveler, Natalie Adams has been involved in almost every aspect of Waldorf Education; from parent, to teacher, to Faculty Chair to Board member. A friend of Ekkehard Piening and a former member of the Hartsbrook Board, on which she served while living outside of Washington, DC, we welcome her back after an absence of several years. She and her husband anticipate moving to Amherst this coming summer. At Hartsbrook, Natalie is particularly drawn to the benefits that the Agricultural Arts Program brings to Waldorf education. She will focus her broad range of experience on fundraising and development.


Leslie Ritchie-Dunham

Texas transplant Leslie Ritchie-Dunham, parent of Conor in 10th grade and Jackie, a Hartsbrook High School graduate, has been a parent in Waldorf education for 15 years. She is an architect interested in the question, "What is Home?" Currently she is the Creative Director for Vibrancy LLC, a company dedicated to helping people see and understand the agreements they enter into. Her gratitude for Waldorf education inspired her to be on the Board to support Hartsbrook's continued growth. She will bring her passion to the Trusteeship Committee.


New Hot Lunch Option ~ Tasting and Sign Up Today

Taste Smart Lunches on Wednesday, 11/13!
Delivery will begin 12/3.MORE INFO

Representatives from Smart Lunches will be on campus Wednesday, November 13th at 3:15pm for a tasting and for delivery sign up.
Louise Spear, Faculty Chair 

PIZZA FRIDAYS for Grades 5 to 8!

The 8th grade has added Friday as a pizza day each week in addition to the regular Wednesday.

Order forms for Fridays are available from class teachers in Grades 5 - 8 and from the 8th grade.

We are only doing week by week orders for Fridays. Get a form, fill it out, bring it and money ($1.75 per slice) by Thursday lunch time to your class teacher. The topping will be the same for Friday as Wednesday of that week. Orders only taken for weeks with a full day Friday! Questions to Mrs. Hopkins. Thank you for your support of the 8th grade!

Butternut Squash Available for Fair Soup Makers

Any families making butternut squash for the Holiday Fair are welcome to come by the third grade classroom and pick up one or two squash (as needed).  We will put one bushel basket outside the hallway door at all times and another outside on the bricks at dismissal.


Tanya Lax, 3rd Grade ClassTeacher

Class Photos Now on the Hartsbrook Photo Site

Check them out!  Hartsbrook Photo Site


Eurythmy Performance Next Tuesday
On November 19th, the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble will offer three performances:
In school for students: 11:50am -12:30pm & 2:15-3:00pm
Public Performance: 7:00pm
Evening Tickets: $10, $6, and $25 for a family
Evening shows are appropriate for students grade 7 and up.

All of our students, Kindergarten through eighth grade,have eurythmy classes in school, and many parents have had an experience of it through parent evenings and open eurythmy lessons, but we rarely have the opportunity to see a professional performance, so this is a very special occasion.


The ensemble will set up their own stage and lights in the Assembly Room of Piening Hall, and will give musical offerings as well as "telling" poetry and a story through choreography and gesture with the help of a trained dramatic speech artist and musicians. For those who have never seen eurythmy performed before, this will be a chance to see something different from any other movement discipline.


Please support our program, learn something new and come enjoy the evening performance next week.


Questions: Polly Saltet: email or 413- 586-1908.


Polly Saltet

Eurythmy teacher

Parent Council ~ Monday 11/18

The next Parent Council meeting will be on Monday, November 18th from 7pm to 9pm in the Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall. All parents are welcome. Come at 6:30 pm to enjoy refreshments and meet the Parent Council members.  Of special interest on this meeting's agenda will be a presentation from the Finance Committee on possible future models for Hartsbrook tuition. So stop on by, and participate in the Parent Council. Your efforts will make Hartsbrook even better.


Jim Piermarini

Parent Council Chair

Paper Star Workshop ~ Missed Last Week's Workshop?

Come Thursday November 14th 

red folded paper star Thursday, November 14 we will offer a Holiday Fair Craft Workshop to make the folded paper stars that so beautifully adorn the windows of our school during the Holiday Fair. The workshop will be from 8:30 -10:30 am in the Handwork Room, located upstairs in Hartsbrook Hall. 7th grade parent Cindy Bright will be leading the workshop assisted by Faculty Chair Louise Spear.


We will provide all supplies. This is a simple craft that anyone can learn and we welcome you all to come! 


Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

Hartsbrook Athletics


Basketball Registration ~ Deadline TOMORROW!

basketball-basket.jpg Thursday, November 14th is the last day to register for Basketball. The season will begin on Monday, November 25th.  Practices and home games are at the College Church in Northampton on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45.  Bus transportation is provided to and from Hartsbrook.  Both of our coaches are returning from last year and we are looking forward to another fun season.


Link to online basketball registration: REGISTER HERE

Berkshire East Skiing

Hartsbrook will again be offering discounted lift tickets, rentals and lesson packages at the Berkshire East ski area this winter on Fridays. This program runs between winter break and February vacation and registration information will be sent out later this month via email.

One important change is that the school will not be arranging car pools from school to Berkshire East for students in Grades 6 - 8 this year.


Parents will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Berkshire East, and for supervising the students they bring with them. We will continue to offer the discounted lift tickets and will distribute the ski passes at Berkshire East each week. 


Friday Night Shopping!

New for Parents and Friends This Year


Have you always wanted to shop the fair vendors but are usually working shifts or with little ones? Friday night is your time. Join us for an evening of wine, cheese and uninterrupted shopping!


When: Friday, November 22  5pm to 8pm

Who: Parents and Friends. This not a public event but feel free to invite your extended family or special friends that may want to come. Adults only.


Give yourself the gift of peaceful shopping and come support our vendors!

Online Shift Sign Up

Find the volunteer shift that suits you! If there's a job you love, your class is "full", or you have conflicts on Saturday, please choose a Set Up shift or another activity. We ask each family to work 1-2 shifts for each of your children. 

Grandparents, Alumni, others are welcome to join the fun and take a shift!


Online Holiday Fair Shift Sign Up Form


For questions, please speak with your Holiday Fair Rep. or contact Tracy


Just a Few Weeks to Go, "What Can I Do?"


Please will you:
baked goodsBake Something:  Whole pies, mini loaves, cookies, brownies or your treat of choice welcome for our bakery café. Please no peanuts. Contact Tara . Drop off starting Friday, 11/22.


Hang a Poster:  In your car window or in your neighborhood business.  Families are our best advertising! There are extras in the office.


Commit To Your Shifts:   SIGN UP ONLINE 


Register for Set Up Day Childcare: with Vesna.


Make A Gingerbread House! Let Karen Bates know the name of your creation.  


High School Students- Sign up for shifts in the High School.  We need jump rope helpers, bus jesters, and entertainers. Contact Kristin Hall.


Cut Greenery: We need greens and branches including 8'-10' tall pine saplings, 6'-8' Birch branches, evergreen boughs, ivy, berries, seed pods. No bittersweet! Decorations are starting on Thursday this year, so bring them early! Questions: Tracy 
Thank You                  



Over the weekend, Tim McNearny, Suzanne Cox with Ari and Ayla, and Bruce MacPherson cut, routed and painted over 30 new signs for the holiday fair to replace loved but dog-eared signs that have been used for  many years. Our new signs will be freshly painted by Lara Radysh.             




So much is given by so many to bring the Holiday Fair to our families and community and much of that effort is behind the scenes!


Thanks to each of you, seen an unseen, for your gifts of time, talents, energy and resources. Its appreciated!


Tracy and Tara, Fair Chairs

11th Grade Astronomy Overnight

 The 11th grade spent the night of Nov. 8 observing constellations, the moon, planets, nebulae, meteors, and star clusters, then slept out under the stars to catch the early morning sky and sunrise. 




Zoe remarks that,  "What struck me most was the moon through any and all of the telescopes. Just looking at the amazingly white crescent shape glowing in the sky, I really felt inspired. The way the craters cast such deep and clear shadows, and that even through the telescope it felt like you could see the dust rising off the surface."


Becky says, "I thought it was amazing that when I woke up in the middle of the night, I could distract myself by looking straight up at the beautiful twinkling stars and identifying constellations and observing shooting stars; it was a magical experience."


Tyler says  "The study of the stars is out of our control, the universe decides what we see and when we see it."


Chip Weems
High School Astronomy


High School Halloween Party

The High School hosted students from Monadnock (Keene, New Hampshire) and Merriconeag (Freeport, Maine) Waldorf Schools for a Halloween party. Roughly one hundred students enjoyed having dinner together and dancing the night away, including a limbo contest that was won by senior Gabe. 



An Invitation

In our continuing attempt to bring new ideas and new ways of approaching subjects to the High School, we are happy to announce that we have invited John Fox to speak at the High School. We would like to extend an invitation to the whole community to come:


John Fox : "Why the Subject of Taxation Belongs in a High School Curriculum."

2:15 pm Tuesday, November 26th 


John O. Fox spent 36 years wrestling with the tax laws as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the highly praised book If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax (Westview, 2001). Mr. Fox has commented frequently about tax issues on radio and television, and his articles on what's right and wrong with the U.S. revenue system have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and many other newspapers. For over 25 years, he taught "Winners and Losers," a course on U.S. tax policy at Mount Holyoke College.


Around Campus

 For more photos, be sure to check out Hartsbrook Photo Site  >All School Events

(See the back of your directory for the password or call the main office.)




Celebrating Our Community

A Reading and Signing




High School English Teacher invites you to A Reading and Signing of Soon They WIll Fly--A Meditation at Fitzgerald Lake Sponsored by Broad Brook Coalition and Laurel Park Association. 


Thursday, November 14, 7PM at Normal Hall, Laurel Park, Northampton

See http://www.cherylannelatuner.com for full details.


Cherry Latuner



Community Bulletin Board 

MILK COOP OPENINGS: Hadley-based raw milk coop is looking for a few more people/families to round out our weekly driving rotation. We use Robinson Farm in Hardwick, which offers certified organic raw milk from 100% grass-fed cows. Mmmm good! Contact Jonathan Evans (253-1234) if interested.


MATH TUTOR AVAILABLE: Previous Waldorf math teacher with years of experience tutoring elementary school through calculus. My specialties are working with students to whom math doesn't come easily and with advanced students who need some more challenge. SAT prep also available. Contact: coxzanne@gmail.com


TREAT YOURSELF: Take care of yourself. Relax, refresh, heal. Treat yourself to an hour that will strengthen and revitalize you for the rest of the week. Oil Dispersion Bath Therapy is now on sale.  Introductory rates now $15.00 off. Then take 10% off every Bath Therapy until Christmas. Click here to find out more. MORE INFO


ALUM LOOKING FOR WORK: Hello Hartsbrook community! I am currently going to Hampshire college and I am looking for ten hours of work a week. I am great around the house, running errands, child-care, keeping you company. Put me to the task and I will get it done! Call Maggie Ranen  413-687-1630 or email: maar13@hampshire.edu


YARD HELP NEEDED: Would any 8th -12th Grade student be interested in raking leaves in Sunderland to earn money for a class trip or for yourselves? Please contact Arn Krugman at 413-397-3153 or 413-446-9727


WANTED- ROOM TO RENT OR HOUSE TO SHARE:  My name is Tanya McIntyre. My son Willow recently joined the 9th Grade class. We are coming from Canada and looking for a place to stay during the week. We are flexible and friendly, open to various kinds of arrangements! Please email or call: tmcintyre06@gmail.com or 413 658 7173


WINTER FARM SHARE: Enterprise Farm Winter Share December 1, 2013 - May 10, 2014.  Imagine this:  A winter of organic fruits & veggies that are fresher than can be had at a supermarket.  Local roots, winter greens, tree-ripened citrus, avocados, Florida strawberries, and much more.  www.EnterpriseFarmCSA.com


WOVEN WORD YOUNG WRITERS:  has limited openings for Session II, beginning Nov. 20 in Hadley.  Now in its 14th year, Woven Word builds on a wealth of experience in what makes young writers tick.  We offer an enriched setting which includes great prompts, lots of choices and a supportive peer circle. For more information, contact Lynn Bowmaster, Lrbowmaster@gmail.com, or visit us at: www.wovenwordyoungwriters.weebly.com.


HOUSE FOR RENT: 3 bedroom house for rent in Leeds. 1.5 bathrooms large kitchen and full basement for storage. Quiet dead end street across from the Mill River. 20 minutes from Hartsbrook. Please call Suzy for more information, 413-219-1270


STAY CALM AND BALANCED THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOGA! Enjoy small classes in Karen Sheingold's lovely Amherst studio in the woods. First class free. New students: 30 days unlimited classes for $60. Private and therapeutic sessions. See www.karensheingold.com. Or ask Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli, Lori Lynn Hoffer, Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields. Contact: karen@karensheingold.com, 413-253-0313.



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